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03-04-02 Town Council MinutesMayor T. Michael Manchester called to order the Regular Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council on Monday, March 4, 2002 at 2:09 p.m. Item No. 1: ROLL CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES MARCH 4, 2002 Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Douglas Mercatoris, Robert Purvis, Richard Virtue and Arnold Mordkin COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: All Council Members were present. Hunt Walker, Acting Town Manager and Public Works Director; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Carey Shanks, Assistant Town Manager; Joe Coffey, Housing Manager; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Robert Voigt, Senior Planner; Chris Conrad, Planning Director; Lisa Henkel, Housing Secretary; Art Smythe, Chief of Police; Craig Thompson, Community Development Director; Trudi Worline, Town Clerk Rick Griffin, Richard Shaw, John Dresser, Madeleine Osberger, Bryan Gonzales, Barbara Lucks, Mike Easterday, Gerd Vanmoorsel, June Gordon, George Gordon, Bill Kane, Maureen Stapleton, Don Schuster and other members of the public interested in Agenda items for this Meeting. Item No. 2: SNOWMASS CENTER EXPANSION DISCUSSION Senior Planner Wahlstrom outlined Core Issues for discussion at this Meeting. Access, circulation and parking will be discussed at the next Council Meeting. Council discussed a statement written in the Staff Report that the current height standard and the FAR per the Mixed -Use 2 Zone District were in conflict. Council and staff agreed the two are interrelated, although the word "conflict" was not applicable in this statement. Council requested that staff utilize the Economic Model introduced by Walter Keiser to provide insight for the appropriate number of hotbeds to support the viability of the required critical mass and commercial development. He stressed the need to create a balance of commercial and lodging within the Village. 03- 04 -02tc Page 2 of 10 Richard Shaw of Design Workshop, representing the applicant, outlined the proposed project consisting of 67 residential units. Fifty percent of the units would be fractionized ownership and fifty percent would be wholly owned units with lock -off rooms to provide the ability for the units to be subdivided into small hotel room sized units. The units would contain a standard furniture package throughout; a guest amenity package and ski lockers, front desk service, health club features, spas, an exercise pool, covered parking with access to the units, all of which would allow the wholly -owned units to be rented on a hotbed basis. Reservation property management would be provided to the project improving maximization of the rental pool and providing high- occupancy rooms. Council stated concerns which included the lack of food service and covenant restrictions that could possibly only allow vacancies to be utilized by other owners within the project, the correct number of fractional ownership units, if fractional ownership is the answer to attain high- occupancy. Shaw replied that food service would be available at the Center, as well as at the Base area and upper Mall when the connectivity to the two latter areas is established. Shaw also explained that limiting the project to one style of marketed units in high quantity might exceed the marketplace needs and result in a reservoir of unsold units. The current proposal provides a mix, subject to tailoring, which he feels would be phasable, successful, and absorbed in the marketplace. Mayor Manchester explained that Council would request additional information regarding unit product and commercial mix during Preliminary Review. Council requested more specific information on all issues discussed, consideration of economic reality during planning and that visitor and locally focused affordable commercial \retail space be included. Council also requested information which would assure that the lock -out feature of the rooms would be utilized, obtain input from those in Snowmass Village who have had successes or failures with lock -out rooms in the past, additional information regarding community benefits, additional information regarding community benefits, that the high occupancy units be attractive due to their location (no ski -in, ski -out or immediate access to the slopes) Council stated concerns regarding utilization of the larger units, density, employee housing credits, building height impacts to the ridgeline, personalization of a unit as it affects whether it would remain in the rental pool. Council discussed architecture, height, ridgeline and landscaping. Senior Planner Jim Wahlstrom explained that some of the proposed buildings are 75 feet high, exceeding the 38 -foot height limitation and penetrate the ridge line from certain locations. He stated that a super- majority vote of Council is required to approve a request to exceed the height limits. Shaw provided and explained photo simulations of the project as seen from Brush Creek Road and Wood Road. Council stated concern for the height of the buildings nearer the road and requested additional information regarding the view planes presented at this Meeting. They also requested additional photo simulations of the project taken from various points within the area of sight. Manchester explained the aerial view presented at this 03- 04 -02tc Page 3 of 10 Meeting and requested further discussion regarding mass and scale at the next Meeting. The applicant will provide a cross section to show the relation of grade with other features in the foreground of the development as well as visuals depicting existing conditions for comparison purposes at the next Meeting. John Dresser, representing the Woodbridge Homeowners, provided a letter stating concerns that the proposed height of the three -story building nearest the Woodbridge Condominiums would obliterate the homeowner's view, and that delivery truck traffic and parking would create a negative impact for the homeowners. Council consensus was in favor of the architecture presented, which will be further discussed during Preliminary Review. Council determined that the required open space met the requirements as presented, although requested further discussing at a future Meeting. Council discussed the single family residences proposed within the development proposal, which would require a zoning change. A representative of the Snowmass Mountain Condominiums stated that his homeowners are continuing negotiations with the applicant whereby the applicant is requesting use of their land for access to the single family home sites in exchange for 1/2 acre of land for parking and land for the Woodbridge homeowners to be used to address drainage issues. He stated that negotiations would be determined by Council's final decision regarding the land use for Lots H and H1. Manchester stated concerns regarding the proposed single family home sites on parcels H and H1 and related traffic impacts. Shaw explained that the access road has been modified since the initial proposal and now meets Town Road Standards, and the building heights have been reduced and set lower on the site. Shaw stated that he felt the single family homes would be less impactive and more desirable than 30 multi family homes. He stated that the single family homes would provide the financial engine for redevelopment and expansion of the Center. Manchester explained the intent of the Buildout Chart in relation to development on parcels H and H1 and stated that Council would request that the applicant provide proof of the viability of the single family homes to the remaining development proposal. He also requested a future Council discussion to compare unit equivalency and the Buildout Chart. Edward Sweeney, a Woodbridge homeowner, stated his concern regarding impacts of the access road on the Woodbridge homeowners. Council requested discussion regarding access, circulation, height, mass, scale, open space and parking issues at the March 11, 2002 Council Meeting. Employee housing and remaining issues will be discussed either on March 11 or 18, 2002, at staff discretion due to staff time constraints. NOTE: Council took a break from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. Item No. 3: TOWN MANAGER SELECTION PROCESS UPDATE The Assistant Town Manager stated that he has received approximately 400 resumes in response to Town Manager position vacancy notices. He requested direction from Council regarding possible employment of a professional firm to review and identify approximately 30 of the most appropriate applicants to be 03- 04 -02tc Page 4 of l0 interviewed for the position. After further discussion, Council determined that Council Members Virtue and Purvis would review the applications and identify approximately 30 of the most desirable applicants to further review. A committee made up of Council Members, members of Town staff and members of the community would then review the remaining applications and determine a short list. Applicants on the short list would then be reviewed by a professional hired by the Town, who would then provide a recommendation to Council for interviews and a final decision. Staff will provide a list of recommended committee members at the March 18, 2002 Council Meeting. Application deadline has been set for the third week in March. Item No. 4: HOUSING GUIDELINE RECOMMENDATIONS Income and Asset Guidelines Owner Qualifications The Housing Manager stated that the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) feels that the existing guidelines allow employees who are financially able to purchase free market housing, to qualify for employee housing. He explained that the Committee is recommending an adjustment to the Maximum Net Worth Guidelines to limit the purchase of employee housing to qualified employees who cannot qualify for free market housing. The HAC outlined proposed changes to the Maximum Net Worth Guidelines included in the information packet for this Meeting, and explained how the Committee arrived at the proposed numbers. Purvis recommended an approach, which would require a comparison at the time of qualification to determine if a qualified applicant could also qualify for a comparable free market unit. If the applicant would qualify for the comparable free market unit, they should not be allowed to purchase the employee housing unit. Manchester explained that the Town subsidizes approximately 60- percent of employee housing construction costs in order to keep the units affordable. Virtue expressed the need to strive toward instilling credibility into the housing program in such a manner that eliminates purchaser's abuse of the system as has occurred in the past. After further discussion, Council majority stated their comfort with the numbers as presented at this time, and requested that references to re- qualification be removed from the bottom of the document. Re- qualification for sale and rental units will be discussed at a future Meeting. Council also requested a future discussion of issues related to employee housing rental units. Barbara Lucks stated that the HAC plans a discussion related to rental qualifications, although rental issues are more easily controlled than those related to sale units. Council discussed employee housing owners who own other properties within the Roaring Fork Valley. The HAC recommends that employee housing owners not be allowed to own any other property within this certain geographical area. Manchester requested that the HAC provide Council with a list of remaining issues to be discussed and scheduling dates for Council review. Coffey stated that re- qualification would be discussed at the March 11 Meeting and finalization of all issues discussed will begin on March 18 Item No. 5: CROSSINGS EMPLOYEE HOUSING ISSUE 03- 04 -02tc Page 5ofl0 Acting Town Manager Hunt Walker explained that at the time George and June Gordon purchased a Crossings home in 2000, they were the owners of a Seasons Four unit and were required to sell the unit within a two -year period. The deadline for that requirement is April 27, 2002, and the Seasons Four unit has not been sold. Housing restrictions require that the Gordons sell their Crossings unit if the Seasons Four unit has not sold by that date. He further explained that the Gordons requested an eight -month to one -year extension to allow additional time to sell the Seasons Four unit. Walker stated his reasons for denying the Gordon's request for an extension. The Gordons are appealing the Acting Town Manager's decision to deny their request, and are requesting a timely decision from Council. George Gordon and Maureen Stapleton, Listing Agent for the Seasons Four unit, explained the efforts that were made to sell the unit over the past two years. Mark Hogan, a resident of the Town, stated his objection to the Gordon's application for a larger Crossings home that is currently for sale while they still own the Season's Four unit. Rick Griffin, realtor and Town resident, stated his support for the Gordon's request due to the current housing market and Council's consideration to allow a three -month extension. After further discussion, Council agreed to a 3 -month extension. If the unit has not sold within the three -month period, the applicant will appear before Council at that time for review and discussion regarding an additional 3 -month extension. NOTE: Council took a five minute break at this time. Item No. 6: PUBLIC NON AGENDA ITEMS There were no Public Non Agenda items. Item No. 7: FIRST READING ORDINANCE NO. 03, SERIES OF 2002 (Formerly Ordinance No. 06, 2001) TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT AND FIRST READING CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 03, SERIES OF 2002, APPROVING THE FINAL PLAN PUD AMENDMENT FORTHE SNOWMASS CLUB PHASE II DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 1) CONDOMINIUMIZATION OF 21 MULTI FAMILY UNITS INTO 1/8 SHARE TIMESHARES VIA A SUBDIVISION EXEMPTION; 2) THE CONSTRUCTION OF 21, 1/8 FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP CONDOMINIUMS AVERAGING 2,400 SQUARE FEET IN SIZE AND CONSISTING OF FOUR 3- BEDROOM UNITS, THIRTEEN 4- BEDROOM UNITS AND FOUR 5- BEDROOMS UNITS; 3) A SUBDIVISION EXEMPTION AND SPECIAL REVIEW USE FOR THE CONDOMINIUMIZATION OF THE 21 UNITS IN PHASE II, INCLUDING A BOUNDARY LINE CHANGE BETWEEN PARCELS 3 AND 4; 4) A REDESIGN OF THE EXISTING GOLF COURSE TO CREATE A COMPLETELY NEW 18 -HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE BEING APPROXIMATELY 7,000 YARDS IN LENGTH, INCLUDING THE RE- ROUTING AND RE- NUMBERING OF THE 03- 04 -02tc Page 6of10 FAIRWAYS; 5) RELOCATION OF THE SOFTBALL FIELD AND EVENTS AREA APPROXIMATELY 250 FEET TOTHE WEST; 6) CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 5,100 SQUARE FOOT GOLF CLUBHOUSE WITH GOLF CART STORAGE BENEATH; 7) A NEW 150 -SPACE PARKING FACILITY TO SERVE THE GOLF CLUBHOUSE AND SPECIAL EVENTS AREA; 8) CONSTRUCTION OF A PERMANENT INDOOR TENNIS STRUCTURE AND A TENNIS PRO -SHOP FACILITY; 9) RECONFIGURATION OF PHASE I PARKING PROVISIONS TO ACCOMMODATE THE PHASE II PROPOSAL; 10) WIDENING TO 22 -FEET, WITH STREET WIDTH VARIANCE, AND EXTENSION OF CLUBHOUSE DRIVE TO BRUSH CREEK ROAD AT HORSE RANCH DRIVE; 11) IMPROVEMENTS TO INTERSECTION AT SNOWMASS CLUB CIRCLE AND CLUBHOUSE DRIVE; 12) STREAM RESTORATION OF BRUSH CREEK; AND 13) IMPROVED TRAIL CONNECTIONS. (First Reading of this ordinance was tabled from 1- 21 -02) Mercatoris made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 03, Series of 2002, seconded by Virtue. Council reviewed the document page by page and requested necessary changes. After further discussion First Reading of the Ordinance was approved as amended, by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Item No. 8: RESOLUTION NO. 10, SERIES OF 2002 CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING DATES FOR REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2002 Mercatoris made a motion to approve Resolution No. 10, Series of 2002, seconded by Virtue. There being no further discussion, the motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Item No. 9: RESOLUTION NO. 11, SERIES OF 2002 CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO, APPROVING THE 2002 BUDGET FOR THE PITKIN COUNTY 1 /2 CENT TRANSIT SALES AND USE TAX Mercatoris made motion to approve Resolution No. 11, Series of 2002, seconded by Virtue. There being no discussion, the motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Item No. 10: DISCUSSION\ACTION SEVEN STAR RANCH PUD REQUEST FOR EXTENSION The Town Attorney explained that John Sullivan is prepared to grant a trail easement as requested by Council, and has informed the Attorney that review fees will be paid 03- 04 -02tc Page 7 of 10 before commencement of the review. A letter from Joseph Wells, applicant representative, explains that the owners of Seven Star Ranch have opted to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This action has left the ownership question unresolved. A letter from the Attorney representing the Seven Star Ranch Chapter 11, requested a 90 -day extension of time in order to resolve the ownership question. Depending on the ownership outcome, the new owner would require time to become familiar with the land use application. Mordkin disclosed that he recently met with a representative of Vectra Bank, the purchaser at Trustee's Sale for the property, and discussed the history of the land use application review. Virtue made a motion to grant an extension for Final Review to April 23, 2002, seconded by Mercatoris. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Item No. 11: APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FOR 02 -11 -02 Virtue made a motion to approve the Minutes of February 11, 2002, seconded by Mercatoris. Purvis requested that the first paragraph on Page 7 be struck from the Minutes. Mordkin requested that the third paragraph, first sentence on Page 2, be changed to state "Council discussed the quest of high occupancy beds and the appropriate amount of commercial and residential space...." He also requested that a description of "Option No. 4" be included on Page 3, Item No. 4. Mordkin requested that the name misspelled Belleck" be changed to "Bellack" throughout the Minutes document and that the incorrect name of "Dave Zimmett" be corrected to "Millard Zimmett" throughout the Minutes document. Council determined that the name of the man who attended the Meeting with Zimmett was David Kelley. Mordkin requested a review of the Meeting audiotape to determine the statements made by both men and necessary corrections be made to the Minutes. There being no further additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as amended, by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Item No. 12: DISCUSSION COMMITTEE REPORTS /COUNCIL COMMENTS and Item No. 13: CALENDARS Winter -Only Speed Bump Wood Road In response to an inquiry from Mordkin, the Public Works Director explained that a bump appears on the surface of Wood Road every Winter when the temperature falls below freezing. He stated that the bump would be corrected during the proposed future reconstruction of the Road. Krabloonik Land Use Application In response to an inquiry made by Mercatoris, the Acting Town Manager stated that the Krabloonik Land Use application has been submitted to the Town and has been scheduled for review at an upcoming Council Meeting. Mercatoris disclosed that he has scheduled a social luncheon engagement with Krabloonik representatives. T.O.S.V. Marketing 03- 04 -02tc Page 8ofl0 Council discussed future marketing for the Town and determined that a meeting regarding this issue would be scheduled when the investigation of related issues is completed. Private Property Parking Violations Purvis informed his fellow Council Members that he has had discussions with the Acting Town Manger regarding private property parking violations in an attempt to identify ownership of enforcement. Town Environmental Officer In response to a question from Purvis, the Acting Town Manager stated that the Town does not have an Environmental Officer. Purvis requested that staff investigate this issue and provide a report to Council in the near future. Horse Ranch Speeding In response to a letter received from a Horse Ranch homeowner, the Acting Town Manager reported that he has requested the Chief of Police to address speeding issues within that area. Colorado's Year of the Trails Manchester reported that Colorado Governor Bill Owens has declared 2002 "Colorado's Year of the Trails Appropriately, Mayor Manchester requested that staff move forward with plans to complete the Brush Creek Trail connection in 2002. Census Count Challenge In response to a letter from the Colorado Census Bureau, Council Members agreed that they do not have cause to challenge the recent Census count for Snowmass Village. Advisory Board Discussions Manchester requested Council Meeting discussion time be scheduled with new Advisory Board members as well as members who have recently resigned. He also requested that all Town Boards and Commission members be thoroughly informed of procedures and purpose of their assigned task as Council advisory boards. Mercatoris requested that resigning Advisory Board or Commission members be formally recognized for their contributions of service for the Town. Building Code Manchester questioned why the Town has not adopted the most recent Building Codes. He stated that he received a request to complete a survey from Insurance Service Office (ISO) regarding Building Department regulation. He requested that staff complete the survey and respond to ISO. The Community Development Director stated that the Building Official and the Board of Appeals are currently in the process of updating Town Codes. He stated that the Town's Building Code would be updated to the 1997 Uniform Building Code (UBC). Manchester requested that staff report to Council on the reasons why the Town has not adopted the 2001 UBC. 03- 04 -02tc Page 9 of l0 Colorado West Recovery Center Manchester requested that the Acting Town Manager respond to a letter he recently received from Colorado West Recovery Center. Requests to Keep the Gas Station Manchester stated that he has received numerous letters stating the importance that a vehicle gas \service station remain in Snowmass Village. Council stated their support of incorporating this service in the current development and redevelopment proposals before Council at this time. Economic Model The Community Development Director will schedule a presentation and discussion at the March 11, 2002 Regular Council Meeting regarding the Economic Model scenarios developed to date. Base Village Joint Meeting Manchester informed Council that this Meeting would be continued to March 6, 2002. A joint meeting has been scheduled with the Planning Commission for Base Village Sketch Plan review. VLF\Aspiration Statement Update Virtue requested an informative presentation at the March 6, 2002 Joint Council \Planning Commission Meeting, to provide clarification regarding the history of the Village Leadership Forum and Aspiration Statement. Crested Butte Request for Information Manchester stated that he will attend a Meeting with representatives of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, who have requested information regarding development of the Town's Aspiration Statement and the Base Village review process. Bill Kane of the Aspen Skiing Company will also attend the meeting to provide Base Village information. Operational Indicators Walker reported Operational Indicators for January 2002. He stated that Village Shuttle ridership was down 10- percent, day -skier parking was down 5- percent, solid waste tons and recycled tons were down 7.3- percent, volume of water treated was up 6- percent and guest parking permits were up 11- percent. Completed Operational Indicators for November and December, 2001 indicate that Town and County Sales Tax was down approximately 10- percent in December. Outstanding Invoices As a part of the Community Development Director cost recovery process, the Community Development Director stated that he has several outstanding invoices that have not been paid by Snowmass Center Redevelopment applicants. This includes invoices from as far back as July, 2001. Council directed staff to mail a formal letter to the principles and representatives of the organization and follow up with a telephone call requesting payment of the outstanding invoices. Item No. 14: ADJOURNMENT 03- 04 -02tc Page 10 of 10 There being no further business, Mordkin made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Mercatoris. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. The Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. Submitted By: cia, secretary /Records Clerk